With the 2017 season over for the Ravens, it’s time to see how they fared compared to the rest of the NFL. Football Outsiders DVOA ratings liked the Ravens all season, but how did the Ravens do in the final regular season ratings?
Baltimore spent much of the season ranked first in special teams, and they maintain the top ranking at the end of the regular season. Between the relying kicking of Justin Tucker, and superb punting of Sam Koch, the Ravens had the best kicker/punter duo in the NFL this year. The Ravens’ 12.7% DVOA put them nearly four points ahead of the next closest team, the Rams.
The Ravens defense also spent some time atop the DVOA ratings, but two poor games in the final stretch of the season knocked the Ravens out of the top spot. Baltimore has fallen to third in DVOA with a -13.8% rating (negative is better in defensive DVOA). The Jaguars led the NFL with a -16.1% DVOA, and Minnesota came in second with a -13.9% DVOA.
Offensively, the Ravens have steadily moved up the ratings over the second half of the season, and finished the year rankings 21st. 21st certainly isn’t great, but compared to where the Ravens were during the first half of the season, it’s pretty good. The improved rating shows how the Ravens offense improved in the second half of the season.
The Ravens actually had two running backs finish in the top 15 in the DVOA ratings, New Orleans was the only other team to accomplish this. Alex Collins finished the year ranked sixth, above Mark Ingram, Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette, and Javorius ‘Buck’ Allen finished 13th. The offensive line was ranked sixth, and the defensive line was ranked seventh. Joe Flacco finished as the 32nd ranked quarterback in DVOA. Mike Wallace was the Ravens highest ranked wide receiver at 47th. Ben Watson at 31st was the Ravens highest ranked tight end.